Rewley House Research Seminar Series
Ethical decisions, and often dilemma, lie at the heart of all research methodologies and practice. Marianne Talbot, course director in Philosophy, chaired three presentations from across the disciplines.
Friday 18 May 2012
Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square
The three presentations challenge us, as well as the researchers themselves, to consider the ethical frameworks that shape daily practice and understanding of the world around us.
- Abi Sriharan: Ethical Dilemmas of Global Health Research
- David Griffiths: Heritage, Landscape and Ownership
- Kate Blackmon: Oversight of Research Ethics - Issues and Challenges
- Chair: Marianne Talbot (Departmental Lecturer in Philosophy)
Abi Sriharan will walk us through her experience with defining and designing global continuing medical education research. Her session will address the ethical challenges in developing, reviewing, conducting and overseeing medical education research on a worldwide scale.
David Griffiths will look at ethical contentions surrounding 'ownership' of the past, in terms of landscape and landscape research, and will also touch on the private and public ownership of cultural property. Without offering any easy answers, his short paper will highlight some ethical dilemmas facing archaeologists, conservationists and historians as they attempt to find an objective view of the past whilst navigating between the whirlpools of economic development, private vested interests, NIMBYism, and social accountability.
Marianne Talbot was thrown out of school at 15 for truancy and disruption. At the age of 18 she set off to hitchhike to Australia, where she lived for three years before hitchhiking home through Africa. Having achieved a First Class degree in philosophy at the University of London, and done her graduate work in Oxford, Marianne has lectured in philosophy for the college s of Oxford University for 25 years, the last ten of them as Director of Studies in Philosophy at The Department for Continuing Education.
Podcasts of two of Marianne’s lectures (A Romp through the History of Philosophy and An Introduction to Critical Reasoning) have made global number one on iTunesU, together they have been downloaded over 4million times. On May 3rd 2011 Marianne held every single one of the top ten download positions on iTunesU.
From 1996-2001 Marianne chaired the National Forum for Values in Education and the Community. She was responsible for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of all pupils from 5-19 in English schools. In this role she served on many government advisory committees (including that which introduced citizenship to the National Curriculum in 2000).
Marianne has been a governor of several schools and served as a Trustee on the Council of the Girls’ Day School Trust for from 2001 to 2007.
Both Marianne’s parents had dementia and she cared for them for 14 years. For five of these years, until she went into a nursing home, Marianne’s Mum lived with Marianne in her own home. Marianne’s book Keeping Mum: Caring for Someone with Dementia, has been published by Hay House and is based on the very popular blog Marianne writes for Saga Magazine Online.
Marianne is also publishing Bioethics: An Introduction for Scientists with Cambridge University Press in 2012.
Marianne’s website can be found on www.mariannetalbot.co.uk
Abi Sriharan, deputy director and global health scholar for the Peter A. Silverman Centre for International Health at Mount Sinai Hospital, is a highly sought out, published consultant, researcher, educator, and leadership authority. The focus of her career is to positively impact health care globally by building health professional training. Her commitment to the future of medical care through education is clear, as she serves the University of Toronto in several capacities, including the Director of International Continuing Health Education Collaborative, and academic educator for the Centre for Faculty Development and a member of the Wilson Centre for Research in Education. Through her work as an international health care consultant, she continues to build upon her wide breadth of experience in countries such as United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, Russia, Thailand, Jordan, China, Israel, Brazil and Venezuela. Ms. Sriharan is a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate at the University of Oxford. In 2006, she completed her Master's degree in Evidence-Based Health Care, a combined Programme with the Department of Primary Health Care and the Department for Continuing Education.